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WINS isn't working over our VPN

We have a STD 2003 (our domain controller) server that is currently configured for remote access, DNS, and WINS.  The DHCP for this network is still being handled by the Watchguard firewall.  We have a new application that our field techs need to use PDAs that VPN into the network and access files on our fileserver.  The PDA can't see the shares when it VPNs into the network.
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MikeKaneCommented:
Is the VPN passing WINS already?   Can a laptop with VPN client connect and get server shares?  

Can the PDA's connect already without errors?  
Once the PDA is connected, can the PDA ping the server or browse the host by IP instead of share name ?  
CAn the PDA access a server via FQDN instead of WINS?   CAn the PDA provide the equivilant of an "ipconfig /all" output?
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MaddogMarineCommented:
Tjmustang,

Another question would be are you using the Watchguard for the PPTP/IPSEC VPN or passing that along to the Server directly for connection?  And like Mike asked does the VPN work with any other client computer?
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
The Watchguard is passing the PPTP/IPSEC VPN packets to our 2003 STD server which is our domain controller.  The DHCP is being handled by the Watchguard and NOT our domain controller which is doing the VPN.
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
How do I check WINS to make sure it is including the VPN?
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MikeKaneCommented:
The watchguard may or may not have the ability to include WINS server info along with the IP.   You would need to check the watchguard's DHCP settings for the ip range allocated to the devices.   DHCP option 44 and 46 IIRC.  
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MaddogMarineCommented:
Watchgard does have that ability.  I would recommend this for I have been using it for many years for what seems to be the same setup you have now.  

1.  Move the DHCP role to the server.
2.  Move the PPTP/IPSEC role to the Watchguard.  It runs better take the load off the server and you have the Watchguard monitor to see the traffic on the VPN.  
3.  I dont use WINS anymore, maybe just stick with DNS you can config that DNS and TCPIP setting in the client VPN and that should help with your issues.

Let me know if you need help setting up the watchguard vpn.
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
We need WINS according to the software company that wrote the application that will run on our PDA's.
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MikeKaneCommented:
Maddog Marine seems to have more knowledge on the Watchguard product, so I'll let him take it from here.  

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MaddogMarineCommented:
I would then still run the WINS locally on the server DHCP, that would remove the issue of the firebox handling that load.  
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
We will try that soon and get back with you.  Thanks!
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